Game Analysis: This one had an eerie resemblance to UB’s 38-31 loss at Ohio. That game was tied late in the second half until the Bobcats put together a pair of scoring drives. This time UB had a 14-7 halftime lead but saw the Rockets go 73 yards on their first second-half possession, 86 yards on their second and 84 yards on their third. Meanwhile, the Bulls got pass-happy with the ball in the fourth quarter after Branden Oliver ripped off consecutive runs of 12, 8 and 10 yards. This from a team that says the run game is its identity.
Turning Point: UB called timeout after David Fluellen opened Toledo’s second second-half possession with a 17-yard burst. Whatever was said won’t make it into the realm of great inspirational talks. Fluellen went 49 yards on the next play and was in the end zone two plays later.
Player of the Game: Fluellen gouged the Bulls for 140 yards in the third quarter and finished with a career-high 228 yards and two touchdowns.
What It Means: Toledo (8-1, 5-0) could be looking at its first national ranking since 2001 after running its winning streak to eight games. UB (1-7, 0-4) remains a half-game out of last in the MAC East and hasn’t beaten an FBS team in more than 11 months.
Stat Check I: UB punted 10 times but held Toledo’s dangerous Bernard Reedy to just one return for minus-6 yards.
Stat Check II: Toledo kicker Jeremiah Detmer made five field goals in last week’s upset of Cincinnati. Saturday he was 1 of 4 on extra points.
He Said It: “I feel he’s one of the better running backs in the country.” – Toledo coach Matt Campbell on Fluellen.
In the House: It wasn’t Canisius-St. Joe’s. There may have been 2,500 in the house out of an announced crowd of 10,658.
Next Up: The Bulls continue their four-game homestand at noon Saturday against Miami and NFL QB prospect Zac Dysert. The RedHawks knocked off No. 22 Ohio Saturday.
— Bob DiCesare